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Jazz Rock/Fusion

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4 stars Rope Ladder to Los Angeles ...

Legendary and excellent live album from 1971. COLOSSEUM converts Blues songs into Jazz Rock in a singularly way. Somebody might remark that 'Valentyne Suite' is missing. Not important for me. The musicians are in good condition and enjoy their performance. The songs are differing to the studio version because they are more powerful and the band is jamming a lot. I saw them live during their reunion tour 1994 and it was also fabulous.

The first song 'Rope ladder to the moon' is fantastic. The deep bluesy voice of Chris Farlowe is to remark. Mark Clarke reminds me at Jack Bruce. Dave Greenslade has a very unique and jazzy way to play the keys. 'Walking in the park' is a blues classic written by Graham Bond who played with Jon Hiseman for a while. The track contains an exciting vocal duel between Farlowe and ?? - I'm nor sure but it must be Mark Clarke. On 'Skelington' - not available on studio releases - Dave Clempson offers an outstanding solo and meets Jimi Hendrix in Woodstock - and Farlowe yodels - wow!

Earthquake and smog are driving me out of town - oh, get me away from Los Angeles - it seems they don't have made good experiences with this american town. They compensate it musically with a special psychedelic touch. And so 'Lost Angeles' for me is absolutely the highlight - excellent vibraphone, Jon Hiseman in best form.

'Colosseum Live' is an album which should have a place in every prog music collection. Only one thing is better - to see them live ...

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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